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    Microcinema Lands 3 Wegman Titles

    Earlier this month, Microcinema International announced a three-picture deal with photographer William Wegman, gaining distribution rights to three of the artist's kids titles. The pact includes "Alphabet Soup", "Fay's 12 Days of Christmas", and "The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold". Microcinema is plann...

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    The Guardian: The Long Good bye (for France's Luc Besson)

    A few years ago, France's most successful living director (Luc Besson) announced his intention to quit while he was ahead. He would, he said, make 10 films and then get out of the game. At the time few people took him seriously. But with "Angel-A" and "Arthur and the Minimoys," he has reached his l...

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    SF360: Screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga on the weight of words

    As debuts go, Guillermo Arriaga's explosive screenplay for "Amores Perros" is hard to beat. "21 Grams," his follow-up with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, provided more than enough emotional red meat for Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts to carve into Oscar nominations. For his next trick, Arriaga nabbed the prize for best screenplay at Cannes 2005 for "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," a modern Western about friendship, responsibility and the unintended effects of violence. "Babel," which stars Brad Pitt and garnered the best director award for Inarritu this year at Cannes, opens in the fall. Michael Fox speaks with Arriaga for ...

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    NY Times: "Crash" Principals Still Await Payments for Their Work

    When a movie costs $7.5 million to make and takes in $180 million around the world, it seems logical to think that the people who created the film would have become very rich. With "Crash," this year's Oscar winner for best picture and last year's sleeper hit at the box office, that has not been the case. The movie's co-writer and director, Paul Haggis, has so far made less than $300,000 on the film, a pittance by Hollywood standards. The eight principal actors in "Crash," including Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon and Don Cheadle, have been expecting large checks for months, after deferring their usual fees in exchange for a percentage of the fil...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Keith Fulton, Co-Director of "Brothers of the Head"

    "Lost in La Mancha" directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's "Brothers of the Head" first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last September (where IFC Films acquired the title), and then made its way to the Berlinale in February. The film is the story of conjoined twins who were take...

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    Is Mark Cuban The New Ted Turner?

    In New York Magazine, John Heilemann considers the similarities between Mark Cuban and Ted Turner:Cuban rolls into the lobby of the Royalton on the hottest day of the summer, looking chilled and crisp in dark slacks and a blue dress shirt. When I postulate that he's on his way to becoming the new Te...

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    "Gabrielle" and "Oblivion" Score a Wondrous Mid-Summer Weekend

    An ingenuous example of alternative programming produced a "wondrous" result on this week's indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT), as Palm Pictures' "Wondrous Oblivion" came out of nowhere to take second place. The iWBOT is based on per-location grosses of independent/specialty films, which s...

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    10 Films Set for Toronto's Midnight Madness Section

    The world premiere of Larry Charles' "Borat: Cultural Leanings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Zazakhstan," featuring Sacha Baron Cohen's infamous character will lead the list of new films screening in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival. The program offers a mix of genre movies, including sci0fi, horror, comedy and docs. Organizers have unveiled a slate of ten midnight movies that will screen at the festival, including Jonathan King's "Black Sheep" from New Zealand, Jonathan Levine's "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" from the U.S., the anthology "Trapped Ashes" by Joe Dante, Ken Russell, Sean C...

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    Shyamaladenfreude

    In his weekly LA Times column, Patrick Goldstein reports from Hollywood of on a bit of glee following the disappointing opening of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Lady in the Water" and Michael Bamberger's new book about the director, The Man Who Heard Voices:Night has said that "Lady in the Water" began ...

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    Goldhirsh and Reason

    What is Reason Pictures and who is Ben Goldhirsh? West Magazine explores: Just a few weeks after his 26th birthday, [Ben Goldhirsh] is financing half a dozen films at his production company, Reason Pictures; getting ready to launch a national magazine, called Good; eyeing television, book publishing and the music business; and running a private foundation that gives millions a year to charity. That, and he just moved out of a small, bland studio apartment and into an airy farmhouse with a Guernica-sized TV, a stone fireplace that could double as a climbing wall, a guest cottage and hiking trails on five rugged acres in the middle of Beverly H...

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